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Continuing HALC’s “Best & Worst” of the week series, here are the nominees for this week. Every Friday, HALC’s Facebook community votes on who should win each category. The results are announced on our Facebook page every Monday. The nominees are:
BEST OF THE WEEK NOMINEES
1. Dr. Evangelos Katsioulis
The World Genius Directory has declared Greek psychiatrist Dr. Evangelos Katsioulis the smartest man on earth. The 36 year-old prodigy has a remarkable IQ of 198 and also holds degrees in philosophy, medical research technology and psychopharmacology. Dr. Jason Betts, The World Genius Directory’s creator, says his site is a fluid list of the world’s top mind compiled from certified IQ tests:
“The directory has no preferences nor bias, except test quality. The average score on an IQ test is 100 and most people fall between the 85 to 114 range,” said Dr. Betts.
For being named the smartest man in the world, Dr. Evangelos Katsioulis takes the top spot on this week’s Best of the Week nominee list.
2. The Republic of Cyprus
Cyprus has established Europe’s first eco-friendly army camps and adopted the eco-management polices set forth by the EU Commission’s European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). The camps are using photovoltaic panels to produce their own electricity, recycling all wastes, using recycled water for drinking and cooking, and have also planted some 600 trees to help neutralize CO2 emissions.
Cyprus received praise for “going green” from the “Europe Diplomacy and Defence” newsletter:
“While most Ministries of Defence (MoD) in Europe remain insensitive to environmental issues, Cyprus is currently showing proof of its concern to ensure defence activity can be compatible with energy efficiency and rational use of resources,” said the newsletter.
For developing Europe’s first certified eco-friendly army camps, The Republic of Cyprus is nominated as HALC’s Best of the Week.
3. The Greeks of the Diaspora
The Greeks around the world have a long history of helping Greece whenever the country has found itself in trouble. From their crucial role in helping to liberate Greece during WWII, to financially assisting the debt-ridden country during these crisis-hit years. Greeks living abroad seem to embody the saying “thrive where you are planted” and have certainly done this by becoming notable entrepreneurs, businessmen, professionals, doctors and intellectuals. Many of them are speaking out in support of Greece and stressing the importance of eliminating the “brain drain” of emigration.
Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, a member of the European Parliament for a German party, stressed the need to project whatever good is happening in Greece and created the site www.resestgreece.gr in an effort for Hellenes to come together globally and help “reboot” the country. Chatzimarkakis is just one of the many Greeks living abroad committed to helping Greece.
For helping Greece with its economic crisis and for continuing to honor their roots, the Greeks of the diaspora land the final slot in our Best of the Week list.
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WORST OF THE WEEK NOMINEES
1. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey’s government has now imprisoned more journalists than any other country according to a 53-page report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CJP). The CJP condemned Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for leading Turkey’s media crackdown and jailing 76 journalists, 61 of whom are in prison as a direct result of their writing or reporting.
“Erdogan has publicly deprecated journalists, urged media outlets to discipline or fire critical staff members, and filed numerous high-profile defamation lawsuits,” the report said. “Turkey’s press freedom situation has reached a crisis point.”
For jailing more journalists than any other country and prohibiting freedom of speech, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is easily this week’s first Worst of the Week nominee.
2. The “Troika”
Negotiations between Greece and the “troika” to reach a deal on further reforms appears to have taken a turn for the worse. The European Central Bank and lead lender Germany have rebuffed Greek Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras’ claim that Greece had been granted a two-year concession.
The two extra years will allow the Greek economy to return to growth sooner and strongly increase the chances of making its debt sustainable.
Evangelos Venizelos, of second-largest Pasok party, had fighting words, telling a press conference that, “our partners must understand we are not a protectorate.”
For holding back on Greece’s two-year extension to implement austerity cuts, the “Troika” is a Worst of the Week nominee.
3. Three Golden Dawn Lawmakers
The infamous Golden Dawn member, Ilias Kasidiaris, who shot to notoriety when he slapped a left-wing member of parliament in the face, along with two other lawmaker members of his party are going to finally face prosecution for their vicious crimes. The Greek parliament has voted unanimously to lift the immunity of the three neo-Nazi lawmakers, so they can be prosecuted for a number of offences and racist attacks:
“Two of the deputies, Panagiotis Iliopoulos and Giorgos Germenis, have been accused of participating in attacks against immigrant street vendors. They face charges of impersonating authorities and property damage. The third, Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris, faces charges of robbery and causing bodily harm from a 2007 incident.”
For participating in violent acts and consequently being stripped of their immunity, the three Golden Dawn Lawmakers take the final slot on HALC’s Worst of the Week list.
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